Wellspring Housing, an affiliate of Wellspring Community, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides ownership and oversight of physical properties designed and operated to house adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD).
In Colorado, there are over 12,000 I/DD adults living with their parents who are over 65 years old. The most significant parental anxiety and fear is the presently unavailable housing solution, where adults with I/DD could live somewhat independently in a vibrant and trusted community setting alongside their friends, coworkers, and mentors.
An incredible step forward in addressing this need was taken last year when Douglas County purchased the La Quinta Inn for $6.4 million (located immediately adjacent to Wellspring) and donated the facility to Wellspring Housing. This facility will be called the “Unity on Park,” and renovations are currently underway to convert this building from a hotel to rental apartments.
But as incredible as this project is, there are far more adults with I/DD asking to rent units than the number of units that will be available.
Wellspring Housing’s newest project, the Unity on Wolfensberger, will offer For Sale Condominums in centrally located Castle Rock, providing a unique opportunity to live in the heart of the fast-growing Castle Rock community.
Understanding the Need
The links on the right are to various publications that highlight why housing for adults with I/DD is such an immediate need in Colorado.
In the video below, hear from Nate, a Wellspring STAR, and his Mom Marion about what life is like for the two of them. This video was shared at Wellspring’s Fundraising Gala in September, 2023.
This video highlights the partnership with Douglas County for the first project: the Unity on Park. But it also shows how adults with I/DD are looking for a place to call home.